All of Rice’s trees, plants, groundcovers and flowers are state inspected. However, pests may become a problem after installation if they’re in the vicinity. Certain preventative measures can be taken to eliminate potential pest problems or alleviate them once they appear. Please note: Superficial blemishes on leaf surfaces, edges or bark are typically not harmful to plants nor require treatment.
To eliminate scale, mites and other overwhelming insects, spray horticultural oil on trees and shrubs in early spring before growth begins but when the temperatures remain consistently above 45◦. Spray again two weeks later, following manufacturer’s instructions. Spray scale-infested plants again in late spring (May/June) to control any scale that may be hatching.
For more information about pest control, including helpful tips and tricks, visit buckeyegardening.com, and always follow manufacturer’s instructions.
If animals such as deer, rabbits, or groundhogs are prevalent in your area, we recommend treating your plants with an animal/rodent repellent spray in mid- to late-December to prevent animals from feeding on your landscape investment. Creating a physical barrier such as a burlap or silt fence around the base of your trees and shrubs can be effective. Or consider using one of the ultrasonic and electric products currently on the market.
Another method to discourage rodents is to remove their food supply. Grubs live in lawns and planting beds and are a food source for moles, voles, skunks, birds and raccoons. There are several granular and liquid grub prevention products on the market. Optimal application dates vary by product but are usually between April to July 15. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for best results.
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